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VEHS teacher attends humanities conference

April 1, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated March 31, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.


A Victoria teacher was recently selected to participate in a one-day teacher workshop in Corpus Christi sponsored by Humanities Texas.

Sam Vanek, 52, who teaches government at Victoria East High School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars studying major aspects of 19th century U.S. history such as slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The workshop faculty included distinguished scholars from leading universities, such as Michael Les Benedict of The Ohio State University, Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas at Austin, Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee and Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas.

During the morning, participants attended lectures and presentations. In the afternoons, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic documents, maps and photographs.

The workshop was held at Region 2 Education Service Center. Special emphasis was placed on newly added or revised standards in the state's U.S. history curriculum.

"Humanities Texas was delighted to include an exceptional teacher from Victoria in this educational endeavor," said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible educational opportunities."

The workshop was made possible with support from the state, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

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